How amazingly bad is this book? i don't even care enough to count the ways. It's enough to say that it is the bloated product of once great author whose command of descriptive language, obsession with theology, and need to make a buck off of paranormal freaks like me, exceeds her decency. read it if you must -- for a class, or if you just like having adjectives poured into your ears indiscriminately, like hemlock.
If you bought in with a desire for gripping weirdness, then the passages that fit that description wouldn't even make for an interesting 10 page illustrated comic. The central character is so freaking self involved and boring that you end up wondering how Rice didn't just chuck her own laptop out a window. Everyone calls him (we are repeatedly told) little boy, or baby boy or some other infantilzing term. This is a 23 year old man. WTF?
At the end, during the "last supper" tableau constructed by Rice right out of the da Vinci Code, "god-like old wolf guy" speechifies ad nauseum while the newbs sit shocked into worshipful gazes, as if hearing a great truth. I could barely keep my buds in my ears. I had only a hour to go to the end, but it was killing me! I had to stop and write this. I had to warn the masses. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER -- IT'S BAD ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
AND, what a narcissistic move on Rice's part. You don't forget for a single second that all those gradiose words are her words and her philosophy. Even the reader get's into it, slowing each word down with pauses between as if manna was dripping from his lips. (He loses all his points for this. Period.)
It was too much I tell you, way too much. i'm amazed Rice could publish this crap with a straight face. (Can I go back in time and get my money back for everything I've ever bought of her's?)
My only positive comment is the descriptive passages of the Nyak House and property. This is a place I could come to dream about. A better book would have been about the house and spooky things going on it in. The descriptive passages are as luscious and sensuous as dark red wind and antique velvet. Divine. As awful as the rest of this tripe was, that's how amazing this house and it's restoration were done. That was Rice at her best. But she let her theology get in the way of her ability to write, and now we'll never know what this book could have been. And that's the real shame.
What a wonderful ending to the trilogy! I was blown away and cannot wait to start the whole thing over again in a year or two. Wow!
I could try to describe the story, but it's futile. The books are so much deeper than anything I could say. In fact, it's amazing to me how the descriptions of all three books simply do not do them justice, even though they are factually correct.
Nicola Barber is brilliant as the reader. Her characterizations are spot on and swept me away into the story.
If you love fantasy, you have to read these books. If you have kids over the age of 14, they must read this story. Books like these are why I'm a reader and if I'd read this in school, I would probably have become a writer. The prose is so beautiful, the relationships so real, the problems faced by the characters so compelling that I was captivated from the first book to the last. I'm sad it's over, but excited to see what Kassy Tayler writes next. She has a lifelong fan, and a vocal cheerleader in me.
Do not miss this beautiful adventure, no matter how old you are!
After Mystery Man, which I loved, I was expecting great things from this second book in the series. I was vastly disappointed.
I can't fault the reader -- she did what she could with the material. It was the endless stream of consciousness narrating on the part of the h that brought me out of the story at the midway point. And it was narrating. Repetitious non-stop inner monologue narrating. If a real person's thought processes worked this way, they would be completely unable to function, and would be left deaf, dumb and blind to the verbal and physical cues that are a necessity when it comes to negotiating real life. (Girlie Aspergers? If so, it's a severe case.)
I'm giving it 3 stars for the many great touches that made me chuckle and also made me wish for a better book to go with them.
This was a great read/listen. Lissa Beth Workman is a dumpy, sobbing drunk in a local bar when two vampire walk in and take an interest. They make a wager and proceed to turn her just so they can time the turn. Then they planned to make her dead dead.
What happens next makes for one action packed adventure that takes place all over the supernatural world.
Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Don't miss this one. Can't wait for more.
I dont' know if this is a good book or not. Romy Nordinger's reading was so distracting that I couldn't focus on the story. She reminded me of one of my aunts' who always thought she was so sexy, but with her smoker's voice, she sounded old and kind of nasty.
I loved this series when I read it on my Kindle and couldn't wait for it to come out on Audible.
Then I bought it. What the heck has happened to Dina Pearlman? Her reading of this is so awful that it's un-listenable. Normally I enjoy her performances in series like Anna Strong and Vampire Moon, but in this one she flops spectacularly.
Why make a character like Beatrice, a young, sheltered academic, sound like a coarse ranch hand with boundary issues? What reads as simple curiosity in the material, Pearlman turns into a suspicious interrogation in her interpretation. She usually doesn't have a tin ear for nuance, but her accents for a Welshman and an Italian are so horrific it sounds like she has square marbles in her mouth. Her voice also sounds overworked and aging. I almost wonder if she's been ill.
What a bummer. I guess I'll clear the whole series off my iPod and reread it on my kindle.
What a shame.
This was so much fun that I couldn't put it down, even to get to sleep at a decent hour! Kate Russell elevated the material with a snappy performance that left me breathless and giggling by turns. I loved both leads equally, which is really unusual -- one is always weaker -- but not here. Kristen Ashley has a new devoted fan and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Right now, I am waiting for the third book in this series due out next month, (April 15th), and debating whether or not to listen right away, or wait a while and then start the series from the beginning. Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions.
I don't think I can wait. The first two were that good.
I really loved the phenomenal performance by Therese Plummer. She really brought this series to life. I wish she read more of my favorite books. She's perfection.
Short but hot and sweet story, with a reader who is pure sex on a stick. Loved this one!
I think I got this really cheap. The narration is fine, no problem there, but the writing is dense and difficult to track for me.
Can't recommend it.
Kara Gillian is a low key person. She's intelligent, soft spoken, and pragmatic. She works as a homicide detective in a small city in Louisiana. And she is a summoner of demons.
The demons don't come from hell. In this plot, the demons are from another dimension, and they come in all shapes and sizes and flavors (and colors!). Kara uses them for practicing her summoning, and for help with the murder cases (supernatural) that she has to solve. They are very original characters in their own right. I love the alien-ness of the demons, and the way their otherness comes across in dialogue. There is a secondary mystery running through the whole series that really gets going in the last two books.
It's a pretty good premise for a series, but in the hands of Diana Rowland, it's a great! I've been listening from book 1, straight through, and I've loved every minute of it. (I bought the whole series while I was only halfway through the first book!)
Liv Anderson is perfect for the series.
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